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     Howard Donald Foster, age 78, of Lamar, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2009, at National Healthcare of Joplin.

 

     Howard was born July 1, 1930, at Cape Fair, Missouri, the first of six children born to Howard Russell and Kathleen (King) Foster. Howard joined the U.S. Marine Corps at a young age and served on the east coast. While hospitalized after a serious accident which left him disabled, Howard met the love of his life, Betty Louise Thompson and they married on May 1, 1954, in Washington D.C.  Howard returned to civilian life to begin a career as a minister of the gospel which spanned more than 40 years.  In addition to preaching at various gospel meeting over the years, he served churches of Christ in Cumberland, Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, Bona, Missouri, Lamar, Missouri, Centerpoint, Missouri, and Stockton, Missouri.  Howard and Betty had made their home in Lamar since retiring in 1986. 

 

     Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Betty, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Russell & Teresa Foster, Lamar; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen & Jim Gilmartin, rural Lamar; two brothers and their wives, Bruce & Nina Foster, Ulysses, Kansas and Richard & Debbie Foster, Springfield, Missouri; three sisters and their husbands, Roberta & Tommy Hardin, Cape Fair, Missouri, Rowena & Jim Hancock, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Diane & Carl Olson, Jefferson City, Missouri; six grandchildren, Jared and Sara Foster, April, Austin, Dylan and Krista Gilmartin; and a large extended family.

 

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 5th, at Lamar Church of Christ with Shawn Deree officiating.  Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.

 

     The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Daniel Funeral Home.

 

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Fair Haven Christian Children’s Home or the Alzheimer’s Association, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

 

     This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent @ www.danielfuneralhome.net

Comments  

#8 Essex, MDCharles & Susan Rose 2009-02-24 11:28
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Howard, a warrior in the Kingdom. We are thankful to have been taught and baptized by him in 1967. We have included Howard's death in the announcements of the Eastside church of Christ in Middle River, MD. Some members remember him and we have requested brethren to join us in prayers of comfort for all those who have suffered this loss. May God richly bless all.
#7 Chicago, ILMelonie Pierson 2009-01-06 07:18
Dear Karen,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I hope you find strength and comfort in the love and support that you find in the condolences that friends are sending you. God bless you.
Melonie
#6 Georgana Neher 2009-01-05 05:20
May God be with you at this time.
#5 Lamar, Mo.Georgana Neher 2009-01-05 05:19
my deepest sympathy
#4 GEORGETOWN,TEXASYVONNE THOMPSON DUNLAP 2009-01-04 17:04
TO THE FAMILY OF HOWARD,
MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND ALL THE FAMILY. I WAS AND STILL AM A PART OF THIS FAMILY AND AM PROUD TO BE..I HAVE KNOWN THIS FAMILY SINCE RALPH THOMPSON AND I MARRIED IN 1957. OUR SON GREG LOVES HIS COUSINS AND I STILL HOLD THEM DEAR TO ME AS NIECES AND NEPHEWS.. AND BETTY IS MY WONDERFUL SISTER IN LAW.
HOWARD WAS A BROTHER IN LAW TO BE PROUD OF, HAVING BEEN A MINISTER AND SERVED THE LORD WITH DEEP COMMITMENT.
WE WILL MISS HIM AND HIW SMILING FACE. REST IN PEACE HOWARD.

YVONNE THOMPSON DUNLAP
#3 Oak Ridge, TNKen & Carol Hicks family 2009-01-03 20:11
We're sorry we won't be able to make the trip to pay our respects in person. May God bless you and comfort you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

All our love,
Ken, Carol, Jason and Annalise Hicks
#2 Springfield, MOJoy Lee & Joyce Jones 2009-01-03 09:38
Joyce and I extend our sincere condolences to all the family members of Howard, or Donald, as he was known to those who grew up with him and his family at Cape Fair.

There are so many cherished memories of our younger days. One stands out in my mind is the building of the first Church building at Cape Fair that was completed in 1952. There were many days spent with Donald and other teenagers, hawling gravel, hand loaded from the banks of James River; loading blocks from hot metal box cars in Crane and unloading them at the building site; along with many other construction activities. I recall those days each time I drive by that building and I always feel good that we, as youngsters, were able to contribute to that effort.

May God bless each and everyone of you.
Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to share this with you.

Our love to all,

Joy Lee & Joyce
#1 Susan Mabe 2009-01-03 07:32
Karen, Russell & Families-
You are in my thoughts & prayers during the passing of your father.

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